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West Highland Way walk, Scottish Highlands
The West Highland Way was Scotland’s first official long-distance route and the 96-mile trail remains one of Britain’s most popular walking challenges.
Running roughly north from the town of Milngavie on the edge of Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, this multi-day walking route passes through mile after mile of stunning lochside and mountain scenery.
Although the West Highland Way goes past mountains rather than over them, the variety of the terrain and rugged nature of the Highlands make it a big challenge – although one that should be within the capabilities of experienced walkers.
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You’ll walk on the ‘bonnie bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond and across the vast expanse of Rannoch Moor, before peering into Glen Coe as you climb the ominously named Devil’s Staircase on your way towards the finish at Ben Nevis.
You’ll have to organise overnight accommodation in advance – many people camp along the way – and if you don’t fancy carrying everything there are organised by companies packages who’ll transfer your baggage for you each day.
This West Highland Way isn’t wheelchair friendly, but our AccessTOG ambassador Debbie North is hoping to complete it in her 4×4 mobility vehicle.
This route was voted 14th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
IMPORTANT: this is a long, multi-day route through rugged terrain. Be prepared for bad weather and plan well in advance in terms of gear and accommodation.
TOG VERDICT: A stunning long-distance walk that passes some of the true icons of the West Highlands, including Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Buachaille Etive Mor and Ben Nevis. A must for backpacking enthusiasts!